Small update to Alberto’s case against Columbia and Qais al Awqati
As you might know, think this is a serious case of sexual harassment and racial discrimination on academia, and not only because he is my brother. The suport from Chilean, and now USA media have been great:
Now I would like to bring this into discussion. Discussing the case and make it public is the best way to show all my respect and admiration to Alberto. What you think? How can we avoid this kind of behavior? How institutions can balance power between student and supervisor in this kind to situation? Are human resources doing enough?
I give my complete support to Alberto, and I think is my duty avoid that his case be denied and hidden to public opinion and especially to academia. No matter how important and prestigious a doctoral supervisor might be this kind of behaviour is unacceptable. We have to behave at least with the same level of ethical standars as we demand of academic scientific research.
Don’t forget to follow Alberto’s Blog with updated info about the progress of the case: